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PE01511: Inverness Fire Service Control Room

Justice

Petitioner: Laura Ross

Status:
Lodged

Date Lodged: 26 March 2014

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review the decision made by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to close the Inverness Control Room.

Petition History:

The petitioner has also collected 3,092 offline signatures.

Summary:

22 April 2014: The Committee took evidence from Jody Curtis, Laura Ross, and Councillor Kenneth M Murray, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The Committee agreed to write to the Justice Committee. Link to Official Report 22 April 2014 (430KB pdf)

Below: Laura Ross giving evidence on Tuesday 22 April 2014

3 June 2014: The Committee agreed to refer the petition, under Rule 15.6.2, to the Justice Committee to consider as part of its remit with the request that the issues in the petition are raised at the planned evidence session with the chief inspectors of fire and constabulary. Link to Official Report 3 June 2014 (484KB pdf)

24 June 2014: The Justice Committee agreed to (a) consider the issues raised by both petitions during its forthcoming one-off evidence session with HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland and HM Chief Inspector of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service; (b) issue a call for written evidence on the issues raised by both petitions; and (c) inform the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing that it is considering Petition PE1510. Link to Official Report 24 June 2014 (324 KB pdf)

4 November 2014: The Justice Committee agreed to keep the petition open to allow relevant issues to be raised in the context of its scrutiny of the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2015-16. Link to Official Report 4 November 2014

3 February 2015: The Justice Committee agreed to keep the petition open while awaiting the forthcoming Audit Scotland report on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Link to Official Report 3 February 2015

21 April 2015: The Justice Committee agreed to keep the petition open and to consider it in the context of the Committee's evidence session on 28 April on fire and rescue service reform, and to write to Police Scotland seeking its comments on the effects of recent police control room closures on call handling. Link to Official Report 21 April 2015

29 September 2015: The Justice Committee considered PE1511 by Laura Ross on the decision made by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to close Inverness control room and agreed to write to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service seeking its response in relation to issues raised in HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland's (HMICS) call handling interim report and to keep the petitions open until a full report by HMICS on call handling has been published. Link to Official Report 29 September 2015 

5 January 2016: The Justice Committee considered PE1511 by Laura Ross on the decision made by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to close Inverness control room and agreed to keep the petition open whilst monitoring progress. Link to Official Report 5 January 2016 

23 February 2016: The Justice Committee considered PE1511 by Laura Ross on the decision made by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to close Inverness control room and agreed to keep the petition open and to recommend that a future justice committee gives further consideration to it. Link to Official Report 23 February 2016

Link to Justice Committee consideration of the petition

Written Submissions:

We have a FaceBook support campaign started  07/02/2014, within the first week we had gained the support of over 4000 people the majority are from the Highlands and Islands! However we are attracting support from Fire Service personel throughtout the world from Canada to Austrilia. People are outraged that the Communties that this directly involves can be so easily overlooked in any decision making regarding their safety.

closing the Inverness control room i feel puts local lives at risk and puts the highlands and islands at severe risk due to a big loss of local knowledge and geography as well as knowledge of dialects and Gaelic

Alasdair Morrison

13:11 on 19 Mar 2014

I have always believed in devolution. This policy is both dangerous and tugs more power to the centre. Unacceptable for both reasons!

Donald S Murray

15:35 on 10 Mar 2014

The Highlands are not like other areas. Please keep the Inverness Control Room. Stop centralising and keep things local.

Marilyn Wallace

17:54 on 04 Mar 2014

It makes no sense at all to move this station. Local Knowledge is essential to this service. That goes for all the stations not just Inverness

Robert Cleland

9:58 on 04 Mar 2014

We are losing everything in rural communities, do we not count. Most of our community are elderly.

Mary Macdonald

23:30 on 03 Mar 2014

Good Luck with your campaign from a fellow Fire Control Operator x

Katrina Clarke

21:23 on 03 Mar 2014

Cuts have got to stop or we'll have nothing worth keeping. Local knowledge must not be lost. Good Luck

Paul Wing

20:05 on 03 Mar 2014

I'm signing this in support of my Nephew who is retained with the Fort Augustus Fire Station.

Josephine Ann Gilchrist

12:29 on 03 Mar 2014

With a landscape such as this, you can't begin to replace knowledge and familiarity, with technology. People lives are not a cost cutting exercise.

Jamie Doull

18:39 on 27 Feb 2014

Keep it local... you know it makes sense :)

Graham maclennan

21:55 on 25 Feb 2014

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